Lund Observatory invites applications for a position as Senior Research Fellow to develop methods for processing and accessing data from the Gaia satellite. Gaia is an ESA mission aiming at an astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic survey of more than a billion stars.
Lund Observatory is part of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics at Lund University. Research at the Observatory includes work on stellar populations, exoplanets, high energy astrophysics and research related to Gaia, in particular the astrometric solution, which is led by Lund.
The recruited fellow will join the Gaia team to investigate the propagation of errors in the astrometric data and develop software for accessing correlation information in the future Gaia Archive. There will also be the opportunity to pursue independent research and to participate in teaching.
Applicants should have a PhD in astronomy/astrophysics, or in a closely related field with significant experience in astronomical applications. Good communication skills in spoken and written English and experience in object-oriented software development are required. The successful applicant is likely to have a strong background in the mathematical, numerical, or statistical modelling of astronomical data.
The nominal starting date is September 2014 (negotiable). The position is available for two years with good potential for two or more additional years.
Application is made on-line via the link given above (official records number NPA 2013/736). The application should include a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of interests in research and teaching. Names and contact data for at least two reference persons should be supplied.